Access to Higher Education
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

This course is for you if you are an adult who wants to progress to a degree programme in Biology or Chemistry, or a related area such as Biomedical Sciences or Pharmacology, but do not currently have the necessary qualifications. Successful students could also progress to degrees in Pharmacy or Midwifery. You will need maturity and commitment to succeed on this course.

All applications to Higher Education Courses must be made through UCAS, however please ring us for advice on this process and we will support you with your application.

On the course learners will be required to complete units in the following modules:-

Specialist units in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Study Skills in:

  • English language
  • Academic Skills
Entry Requirements

The Access to HE Diploma is an alternative route to higher education (HE) degree programmes. Please note that as part of the entry criteria, many universities will require English and Maths GCSEs at grades A- C in addition to the Access to HE Diploma qualification. You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended progression route before you apply for the Access course. Some HE institutions may accept alternative qualifications, such as Functional Skills level 2 or Qualifications taken outside of the UK.

For the Access to HE Diploma applicants should have at least both GCSE in English and Maths at grades A-C on entry (or evidence that an equivalent qualification, is accepted by your university of choice). All applicants will be interviewed.

If you do not already have the entry qualifications, you could consider the following route in order to progress to the Access to HE programme:

Complete a two year programme: Year 1: studying GCSE English and Maths Year 2: Access to HE Diploma

If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum of 6.00 in IELTS alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification (a NARIC check will be required).

For more information please contact our Learner Information team.

Assessment Method

Each module is assessed using a variety of criteria. You will be required to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection, reading and research of relevant information, time management and effective communication skills.

Each module carries a number of assessments. Depending on the module you will be assessed through combinations of the following; formal reports, presentations, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, case studies and reflective statements.


  • Written assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • Exams
Progression Opportunities

If you complete the course successfully you will be able to take up a place on a suitable BSc or HND programme. Degree programmes include Biomedical Sciences, Human Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Nutrition and Health, Neuroscience and Nursing Studies. Universities include King's College London, Royal Holloway, University College London (UCL), Roehampton University, University of Sussex and Queen Mary's.

Students/learners who at the time of application are predicted to achieve the Diploma will be guaranteed consideration for entry to a B.Sc. programme in Biomedical Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London and will be offered an interview. Students will be guaranteed conditional offers at London South Bank University at lower admissions requirements than their standard offer.

This course is designed solely for progression to Higher Education. Once you have a degree, there is a wide range of Science-based careers open to you. The precise nature of your possible career options depends on the degree course you complete.

Study Methods

You will have 10 hours of timetabled classes each week over 2 days. You will learn in dedicated classrooms and laboratories. Work experience and workbased learning are not included as part of the course but for entry to some degree courses (e.g. BSc Veterinary Science) gaining work experience in your own time will be necessary and we will help you to arrange this.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.